Posted in personal, work by Kevin Vu on March 9, 2009

lauren and alyssa at the railyard restaurant. santa fe, new mexico.

mignon in her kitchen. el dorado, new mexico.

renie in her home office. arroyo hondo, new mexico.

nerissa at the cowgirl bar. santa fe, new mexico.
© kevin t vu

these unbelievable women have been my family for the last month that i was in santa fe. they were kind in so many ways. they opened their homes to me, fed me, found me work, gotten me in contact w/ amazing photographers/editors, and pushed me to be a better person and photographer. their strength, confidence and warmth have been an inspiration for me!!! i only hope they know how much love and respect i have for them all!!

it has been quite a hectic couple of weeks, and it seemed to come at me all at once. i left santa fe last wed. I came home and went to an assisting gig for O’neill w/ Embry Rucker. A day later, I had to wake up at the butt crack of dawn to do a shoot for a buddy of mine.

I will be going to the nyc on wed. to go get my portfolio reviewed w/ Stephen Mayes, who is the new managing director for vii. I have no expectations, all i hope is stephen will endow me with some great advice so i can make millions and millions of dollars! haha!

i also got in contact w/ brenna britton, who’s the deputy photo editor of people magazine, to see some of my new work as well. she’s from california and i met her at the workshops. she’s an absolute professional and i know i’ll get some great feedback!

i’ll be in nyc for 2 weeks and fly back to santa fe, where i’ll be taking a workshop w/ Gillian Laub and Kira Pollack, who is the deputy photo editor for the ny times magazine.

so its gonna be quite a hectic month for me, but i am breathing every second of it in.



Posted in personal by Kevin Vu on January 9, 2009

the gang from santa fe workshops, san miguel edition. san miguel, mexico.

since i have been back for the past 3 weeks and having come into an unbelievably excruciating amount of free time, i have come to realize that (my) orange county lacks a photographic community. it is one of the most important aspects in where i would choose to live. leaving london was very hard, in that i had an intellectual community that is open to discussions about the relevant and current topics of the field. and so likewise with my peers from santa fe.

and every time i come home from an extended trip, i can feel the lack of community. its as if i come back into a void that drains me of my creativity and passion. i think to myself that i should interpret that into a project, but its hard for me to be inspired. i truly respect those who can interpret and keep reinterpreting the imagery of where they come from.

i have been contacting photographers/editors that i have met while i was in santa fe, and yesterday i was able to meet with ART STREIBER for a portfolio review and meeting. i have to say, the meeting did not start well. i was running 5 minutes late and received a parking citation. not good at all. but thank god, for the good spirit of art to give me his valuable time. i was able to spend a solid hour w/ him looking over some of my new work from mexico. if you don’t know art, he is a photographer w/ amazing talent, professionalism, wit and charm. we looked over my edit and he gave me his insights. i am relieved to say that my work was not hated and he gave me some leads into more contacts. i’m hoping that these steps will help to build my community in southern california.

moving to another subject, PHOTO LA is this weekend. I’ll be heading up to LA this weekend to check it out. It should be interesting to see all the different new talent that is coming into this field as the market is changing.


Posted in personal, work by Kevin Vu on October 20, 2008

renie…a kind and giving boss that is more than a boss, but a friend.
san miguel, mexico.
© kevin t vu

for you ren.